Swim well and live 150 years

There are many ways to remember an artist. The authorities of the Island of Capri have done something quite creative when they decided to remember the german poet and painter August Kopisch, the discoverer of the famous blue grotto of Capri.  An imposing bronze plaque, signed by the Italo-German Association of Naples, is present in the square at the entrance of Capri. Here it is:


The dedication is straightforward: to the german poet August Kopisch, discoverer of the Blue Grotto; so far so good; and then it gets comical with two dates: 1826 – 1976.

Now, the most obvious interpretation is to be excluded: it is unlikely that Kopisch lived for 15o years. And one must turn to Wikipedia to understand the hidden meaning of the plaque: Kopisch was born in 1799 and died in 1853; but those two dates are there to indicate the time of the discovery of the Blue Grotto (1826) and the dedication of the plaque (1976), on the 150th anniversary.

I wonder if it has been a deliberate decision to set in bronze such a plaque: for sure it achieved its purpose.

(Photo: Goffredo Puccetti, 2013)






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